Bob Carver 350 tube amps


Anyone with experience using these amps?
I’ve been researching for new amps.  I currently use Classe CAM350’s and they sound great with the Sony SS AR1’s;  Really no reason to stop but I thought about trying tube amps.
I currently use a Cary SLP 05 and love it and was thinking tube amps might be the ticket.

VAC has a great reputation and lots of reviews but not a very good warranty.

Both companies products have new tech for extended tube life but the Carver warranty is vastly superior to the VAC warranty.  Now, what about the sound quality??

Any takers??
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Anyone with experience using these amps?
I’ve been researching for new amps. I currently use Classe CAM350’s and they sound great with the Sony SS AR1’s; Really no reason to stop but I thought about trying tube amps.
I currently use a Cary SLP 05 and love it and was thinking tube amps might be the ticket.

VAC has a great reputation and lots of reviews but not a very good warranty.

Both companies products have new tech for extended tube life but the Carver warranty is vastly superior to the VAC warranty. Now, what about the sound quality??

Any takers??

I came close. I too have a Cary tube preamp, and sold my former Cary solid state and cary tube amps, wanting to go with affordable monblocks using the newer KT150 output tubes. Kept my beloved upgraded Cary SLP-98 tube preamp mating it up with a new pair of Quicksilver Monoblock 120 amps. Has far exceeded my expectations, got lucky on the match. Never got a chance to try any of Bob’s tube amps but thought it would have been fun to try them. Keep us posted if you take the plunge.
ozzy, 
that's a testament having replaced both of those amps.  

Its seems as if the 350 amps are at a different level of design, quality, and parts compared to the 275, is that about right?

A friend was looking at the 275 recently and we noticed it's got a circuit board, and not fully point-to-point wiring.  Wondering if you or others have  compared the sound of stereo 275 amps to the 350 mono amps.  Is there a major difference sonically, tonally, etc?